The DRPS Fraud unit is warning the community that telephone scams are continuing with suspects stating they are from Canada Revenue Agency and in some cases even impersonating police officers.
The DRPS has been receiving numerous calls daily from residents reporting that they have received calls from a person claiming to be an officer from the CRA. This person tells the victims that they owe a substantial amount of back taxes. The suspect then threatens that if monies are not paid, they will be arrested. The suspect will negotiate payment and suggest a lesser amount collected by way of a third party card, gift card, credit card or pre-paid gift card.
Another scam also circulating is fraudsters contacting residents by telephone displaying a phone number that may be similar to a relatives number on the call display. At this point the scammer says they are a police officer and advises them that their loved one is in custody and that they need to send money electronically to have them released from custody. In some cases they will even send a taxi to the victims residence to transport them to a bank.
The suspects in these cases are targeting new immigrants, senior citizens and residents who may not be fluent in English. These suspects prey on vulnerable people and will try anything to deprive them financially.
According to the Canada Revenue Agency they will never do the following:
- Ask for personal information of any kind by email or text message.
- Request payments by prepaid credit cards.
- Give taxpayers information to another person, unless authorization is provided by the taxpayer.
- Leave personal information on an answering machine.
How to protect yourself from Fraud:
- Caller ID is a useful function, however, the information displayed can be altered by criminals. Never use only the displayed information to confirm the identity of the caller whether it be an individual, a company or a government entity.
- Never provide personal information through the Internet or by email. The CRA does not ask you to provide personal information by email.
- Keep your access codes, user ID, passwords, and PINs secret.
For more information or to report a scam attempt, visit the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at: www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca or call 1-888-495-8501.
Anyone wishing to report a fraud in Durham Region is asked to contact Durham Regional Police at 1-888-579-1520.